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How To Potty Train Your Puppy

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Teaching your puppy to potty at the right time and place is very important, but housetraining a puppy can be as difficult as training a baby.  However, it is not impossible. It just requires consistency and commitment on your part.

Here are some tips that you can use to potty train your puppy.

Start The Training From Day 1

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You should start potty training your puppy the day you bring it home. Introduce your puppy to the sleeping area and then take them outside to where you want them to relieve themselves. Let your pet explore the area while you say, “Go potty” or “potty”. If she goes in the yard, reward her with praise or a treat to show her that she has done the right thing.

The Key Is In The Schedule

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This is vital to housetraining success. Puppies have tiny bladders, and water just runs right through them. The same holds true for solid matter. Dogs are creatures of habit and a schedule will help develop good housetraining skills faster. You should take your puppy out first thing in the morning, last thing at night, after she is done playing, after spending time in the crate, after she has woken up from a nap, after chewing a bone or a toy and of course, after eating and drinking. The quicker you convey the idea that there is an approved place to potty and places that are off limits, the quicker you’ll be able to put this messy chapter behind you.

Use Commands

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Try and use commands like ‘Go potty’ so your pet can learn to associate the command with going out to relieve themselves. After your pup has begun to relieve herself, tell her softly the command till it registers. When the business is done, praise it even more by saying, ‘Yes’, or ‘good job’.

Use The Same Path

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Whatever route you take when you lead her from the house to the potty area, use the same path every single time. This will help create a pattern so that she understands that it is time to go to the bathroom.

A Dog Crate Makes Housetraining Easy

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All dogs are born with the instinct to keep their beds clean. They learn this because their mother keeps the den cleaned up, immediately getting rid of any messes her puppies make. Without that scent around, the puppies don’t associate the area with relieving themselves. Using a crate as a training tool takes advantage of the puppy’s instinct and helps the puppy develop bowel and bladder control. When she feels an urge, the puppy will usually let you know by whining and scratching. That’s her signal that she has to go and wants out of her little den. Now! Don’t delay because if you let your pup lose control in her crate, she’ll get the idea that it is okay to mess up her living space.

Accidents Happen!

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Always remember that accidents happen and when it does happen, remember to handle it carefully. Sometimes it is because you did not stick to the housetraining schedule or were not watching your dog close enough. The most important thing with any potty training is to have patience. If you find a pile or puddle in the house with the dog nowhere in sight, do not punish your little one. After all, urination and defecation are not wrong; your dog must do these things!

Successful housetraining is based on setting the pup up for success by limiting her to the fewest possible accidents, then praising the puppy whenever she has done the right thing.

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